Why Thanksgiving Matters

When we're thankful, we gain so much more.
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Given that fact, praise is not an option. It is a joyful inevitability in a world designed and upheld by God. The only question is whether we will add our voices to the choir.

Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."

I wonder how the nine felt when the man, rising from his worship, finally caught up with them, telling of his grateful exchange with Jesus. They had missed the opportunity to deepen their elation by giving thanks. Matthew Henry says that the grateful man received more than the other nine because "he had his cure confirmed particularly with an encomium: Thy faith hath made thee whole …. Temporal mercies are then doubled and sweetened to us when they are fetched in by the prayers of faith, and returned by the praises of faith."

Gratitude brings benefits in this world and in the world to come. The nine had their cure; the one who gave thanks had his cure, plus a relationship with Jesus. This Thanksgiving, let's remember that we are all the recipients of God's goodness and remember to praise Jesus, from whom all blessings flow.

Stan Guthrie is a former CT editor. This article is adapted from his book, All That Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us (Baker Books, 2010). All rights reserved. Stan is also author of Missions in the Third Millennium and co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism.

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